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That's a wrap on the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show

Posted on : 27 May 2021

That’s a wrap on the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show!

The gates have officially closed, and animals are on their way home, after the Sydney Royal Easter Show successfully welcomed 800,000 people to the event over the 12-days of Show. This included ticket holders, agricultural and commercial exhibitors, staff, volunteers and others working at the Show.

The Show which broke five attendance records since its relocation to Sydney Olympic Park, successfully delivered a COVIDSafe event with the daily capacity limits dispersing crowds and ultimately creating history through higher mid-week attendance.

Hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (the RAS), the Show is a celebration of agricultural excellence and rural resilience.
 
RAS General Manager Agriculture and the Show, Murray Wilton, said following an incredibly tough year for all Australians, the Show has been an incredible success.
 
“The Show has provided an opportunity for our farmers and Sydneysiders to come together safely and celebrate everything we know and love about rural Australia: farmers, food and family fun,” said Mr Wilton.
 
“The talent showcased this year has been outstanding with some historic wins including an Indian Runner Duck named Ferdinand being named Best Bird in Show, the first time a waterfowl has won the coveted title in the 199-year history of the RAS.”
 
Supporting regional communities
The Big Bush BBQ has raised over $30,000 for the 12 local show societies that manned the stand over the Show period. The Rural Students’ Café has also proven to be a big hit. The café provided students from around NSW with the opportunity to develop hospitality skills and fundraise. The students worked incredibly hard and sold over 2,800 coffees and teas, 3,000 ice teas and 1,800 tasting plates for their school programs.
 
The RAS Foundation, through sales of the famous Ag Bag, raffle of donated hay and sale of the RAS ribbon rugs, raised $120,000 which will be directed back to regional communities.
 
Little learners
The Show has continued its tradition of providing amazing opportunities and educational experiences for all ages. Little Hands on the Land, a pint-sized working farm, welcomed more than 40,000 children through its gates.
 
Sydney Royal Ribbons
More than 29,000 Sydney Royal awards and prizes, and 3,500 first place ribbons were presented throughout the event. Over 12km of ribbons made but not used for the 2020 Show were sewn into unique rugs and sold at the Show, with proceeds going to assist with the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for regional hospitals.
 
Rides, Showbags and Parades
In the entertainment department, the Bandy & Johnson Working Draft Horse Team travelled around GIANTS Stadium enough times to travel from Sydney City to Sydney Olympic Park and the Nickelodeon Street Parade travelled around the Showground enough times to reach Newcastle from Sydney.
 
Almost every Showgoer loves a Showbag and a ride, with a whopping 2.1 million unique ride experiences had throughout the Show and 1.8 million Showbags enjoyed.
 
Delicious Delights:
One of the hottest new foods at the Show this year, Bacon on a Stick, did so well that the amount sold could wrap around the entirety of the Sydney Showground.
 
The other food highlights for 2021 are:

  • 41,908 scones baked by the Country Women’s Association
  • 29,000 tonnes of potatoes for Chip on a Stick
  • 3 tonnes of Dagwood Dogs
  • 6,600 Corn on the cob sold
  • 9,000 sticks of Fairy Floss
  • 2 tones of cheese for Cheese on a Stick
  • 10 pallets of turkey legs
  • 21 pallets of lemons for lemonade
  • 6,912 litres of milk milked at the Riverina Fresh Working Dairy

“This year’s Show has been a major success and has shown the amazing work rural communities are capable of. We’re incredibly proud of the competitors and exhibitors for the talent and professionalism they have shown throughout the show period and we hope to see everyone again next year,” said Mr Wilton.

Selection of images available here: https://rasnsw.canto.com/b/NVAII 

For more information please contact:

Nicola Dalby

Communications Manager

E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au

M: 0434 579 906

 

Meg Pearce

Easter Show Media Team

E: meg.pearce@coxinall.com.au

M: 0433 780 217

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